liberal (

     adj 1: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad
            political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a
            liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's
            opinions" [syn: broad, tolerant]
     2: having political or social views favoring reform and
     3: tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism,
        orthodoxy, or tradition [ant: conservative]
     4: given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous
        goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded
        host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving
        and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent
        gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather" [syn: big,
        bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome,
         giving, openhanded]
     5: not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been
        told"; "a free translation of the poem" [syn: free, loose]
     n 1: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and
          reform and the protection of civil liberties [syn: progressive]
          [ant: conservative]
     2: a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and
        self-regulating markets